All too often, young people who experience violence aren’t heard… that’s why the Peer Action Collective exists!

Peer Action Collective is an exciting NEW nationwide programme, currently being rolled out by youth organisations across England and Wales. A £5.2 million programme, which aims to give young people the chance to make their communities safer, fairer places to live; the Peer Action Collective is funded by the Youth Endowment Fund, the #iwill Fund (a joint investment between The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) and the Co-op group.

Young Devon, a charity supporting vulnerable young people in Devon, are thrilled to be coordinating this innovative Peer Action Collective programme in the South West, and running the Plymouth programme from their ‘Young Plymouth’ Centre on Mutley Plain.

“We are a group of young researchers, working on a project run by young people, for young people. Our aim is to make a positive change, by learning how violence affects our local community”

- Young Devon’s Peer Action Collective team

The Peer Action Collective is a groundbreaking network of young people who are designing and conducting research about young people’s experiences of violence, and turning it into positive action.

Young people can sign up to become paid Peer Researchers or volunteer Changemakers; designing community research projects, asking questions, shaping solutions and working together to take action on Youth Violence in their communities and beyond.

From setting up a youth centre, improving local mental health services or supporting more young people into employment; the Peer Action Collective is a fantastic opportunity for young people to take part in a fun and engaging project, develop new skills, make new friends and help their local community.

“The Peer Action Collective really is an exciting piece of work to be part of. We have a fantastic team of Youth Workers and Peer Researchers who are trained and ready to hit the ground running with their research and social action projects. We’re really excited about recruiting more young people as Changemakers, and to see what the future holds for the Peer Action Collective team in Plymouth and across the South West”

- Emily Sethi, Young Devon’s Peer Action Collective Coordinator

Led by Peer Action Collective Coordinator Emily Sethi, and supported by Youth Worker Natalie Knight; Young Devon’s team has received a huge amount of interest in the Plymouth community. With four Peer Researchers already starting the ball rolling with research project ideas, these bright young people are well on their way to making a change in the city of Plymouth in 2022/2023. But, they need some help…

Young Devon are looking for young people aged 10-20, who live in Plymouth, to sign up to their Peer Action Collective team and become volunteer Changemakers!

For over 70 years, Young Devon has had one mission in mind; to help vulnerable young people thrive. One of the largest young people’s charities in the South West; Young Devon provide emotional and practical support to thousands of young people across Devon each year.

If you know a young person who would like to join Young Devon’s Peer Action Collective team in Plymouth, please check out our Peer Action Collective page or contact Natalie Knight by emailing

For all Peer Action Collective Plymouth media enquiries, please contact Emily Sethi by emailing